Top medical professionals, superior medicine and progressive change make UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital in metro Denver (UCH) one of the leading hospitals in the nation.

Our hospital, a partner institution in the UCHealth system, includes primary care and specialty clinics around the state, as well as our central facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus.

The region’s only academic hospital

Academic hospitals tend to be the first in their regions – and often in the nation – to bring new treatments to the bedside. The providers at University of Colorado Hospital are also faculty members at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, one of the premier academic research institutions in the country. University of Colorado Hospital provides the full spectrum of patient care, from family medicine to a comprehensive array of subspecialty clinics and programs.

Buildings that make up University of Colorado Hospital

  • Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion (AIP)
  • Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion 2 (AIP 2)
  • Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion (AOP)
  • Anschutz Cancer Pavilion
  • Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute (RMLEI)
Ranked #1 in Colorado and nationally ranked in 7 specialties

We are proud to have been designated the #1 hospital in Colorado in 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report. This recognition is a validation of the quality care we deliver every day, as well as our commitment to putting patients first.

University of Colorado Hospital is also ranked among the nation’s best in 7 specialties, including our #1 ranking in Pulmonology, a distinction we share with National Jewish Health.

Learn more about our 7 nationally-ranked specialties:

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Patients and visitors

Care management

At University of Colorado Hospital, social workers are an important part of your care team.

Social workers provide:

  • Emotional support and counseling to individuals and families
  • Case coordination, consultation and discharge planning
  • Crisis intervention
  • Help with adjustment to illness, hospitalization and outpatient care
  • Grief/loss counseling
  • Child advocacy and protection
  • Counseling and/or referrals for financial problems related to the medical situation
  • Information on hospital and community resources
Complaints and grievances

University of Colorado Hospital’s (UCH) Office of Patient Representatives is available to assist you.

The patient representative:

  • Serves as a liaison between patients, families, hospital and medical staff
  • Advocates for patients’ rights
  • Promotes patient satisfaction
  • Serves as point of contact for organization-wide complaints and grievances
  • Provides feedback from the patient to the organization to continually improve the patient experience

(For billing issues, please contact the University of Colorado Hospital Patient Accounts department at 720.553.1700.)

Patients and/or their representative may submit a concern or complaint, verbally or in writing, to the UCH Patient Representative.

Patients should try to resolve concerns about their care by using University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) resources at the time of service.

Every effort will be made to provide information in a manner and form that can be understood by the patient or family. This will include interpretation of the grievance process and other information into the language of the non-English speaking patient, use of alternative communication techniques or aides for those who are hearing or visually impaired, or taking steps as needed to effectively communicate with the patient.

You or your representative may submit a concern or complaint, verbally or in writing, to the UCH Patient Representative. The Patient Representative may be reached at 720.848.5277 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. On weekends or after hours, you may call the hospital operator at 720.848.0000 and ask for the hospital manager. You may contact the Patient Representative in writing at:

Patient Representative
University of Colorado Hospital
12401 E 17th Avenue, C-300
Aurora, CO 80045

Once all necessary information is received, it may take up to 15 working days to provide a resolution to your complaint. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint review regarding care or treatment, you may refer the problem to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of University of Colorado Hospital. The CEO, or the CEO’s designee, may provide an additional review. Contact the Patient Representative at 720.848.5277 to request a CEO review. The CEO/designee will provide a response within 10 working days.

If you are not satisfied with the resolution of your complaint, you may contact the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). If your concern is related to a regulation that the Colorado Department of Public Health Environment has jurisdiction over and you need assistance in filing your complaint with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, please contact the UCH Patient Representative who can file your complaint for you. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has no jurisdiction over billing or fees.

You may contact the CDPHE at 303.692.2827

or:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530

If you are dissatisfied with the care provided by licensed/certified professionals, a complaint may be filed with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) 303.894.7598. Please note: DORA is charged only with addressing quality of care issues, and is prohibited from reviewing billing complaints. To file a complaint in writing, you may access the complaint form for health-related professions on the Department of Regulatory Agencies website at Colorado.gov/dora.

If you have concerns over care or safety that are not resolved by the hospital to your satisfaction, the patient or patient’s representative may contact the Joint Commission at 1.800.994.6610. The Joint Commission can only evaluate complaint information in terms of its relevance to compliance with their standards. The Joint Commission complaint form can be found on the website at jointcommission.org.

If you have Medicare and have concerns about being discharged from the hospital too soon or quality of care, you may ask that your concern is referred to KEPRO, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO). You may contact KEPRO directly at 844.430.9504.

If you have concerns regarding your care at CeDAR, you may contact: Colorado Office of Behavioral Health at 303.866.7400 or Patient and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness at 303.722.0300.

Non-Discrimination

UCHealth and its contractors do not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, language, culture, ethnicity, age, religion, sex, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, veteran status, socioeconomic status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state, or local law in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities.

If you believe that UCHealth has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, please contact the Patient Representative Office at 720.848.5277.

You can also file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, or by mail or phone at:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, D.C. 20201
800.368.1019, 800.537.7697 (TDD)

>> View/download the ADA Notice

>> View/download the Grievance Procedure under Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Food services

Garden View Cafe located on the first floor, University of Colorado Hospital

Everyday 6:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Courtyard Cafe located on the first floor, Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion

Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dazbog Coffee Kiosk

Everyday 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Inpatient Food Services

The Food and Nutrition Services group at University of Colorado Hospital prepares fresh, delicious dishes for all our patients. We use healthy, fresh ingredients.  We believe good food helps heal you.

We use fresh Colorado chicken, not frozen. Our Mac-N-Cheese is made from scratch, just like Moms. All our soups are homemade, flavorful and satisfying. Our mashed potatoes don’t come from a box. They’re real, just like our chefs.

We think that patients are happier when they can eat tastier, healthier food. Order “Room Service” from our new inpatient menu and see if you agree.

English Menu

Spanish Menu

Gift shops

See online gift shop

Phone orders for flowers and patient gifts are welcome! Please be aware that some patients may not have fresh flowers or plants in their rooms; however, a cheerful substitute can be delivered.

Just for U Gift Shop

Phone: 720.848.1399

Located at the west end of the first floor of the Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion (AIP), near the Garden View Café. We have a beautiful selection of gift items, cheerful plush toys, and fashionable jewelry items.

Thinking of you Flower Shop

Phone: 720.848.4004

Located in the lobby of the Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion (AIP). We offer fresh and silk floral arrangements, a variety of green and blooming plants, balloons, plush and musical toys, Willow Tree® figurines, greeting cards and more. Also available are magazines, books, and candy and snack products.

Flower selection and colors for our arrangements may vary because we use seasonal flowers that are not always available year round. Please call and visit with our friendly sales team about the fresh flowers we have available today.

Delivery is free with a $10 minimum purchase.

Proceeds from your purchases are returned to the hospital to fund patient care projects.

Unique Boutique

Phone: 720.848.1076

Located next to the Outpatient Pavilion Pharmacy, the Unique Boutique features lovely and unique gift items, ladies’ apparel, jewelry, handbags and fashion accessories.

Insurance accepted

Learn more about accepted insurance at UCHealth

Please notify us if you have an insurance plan change, coverage change or insurance loss, so we can properly bill your claims in a timely manner.

Interpretation and translation services

Interpreting services

Translators or interpreters, including qualified American Sign-Language interpreters, are available to all of our patients. Requests can be made by patients, their families or hospital employees by calling 720.848.1018For some languages, advance notice is helpful.

Translation services

Language translators are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also have services to accommodate the hearing and visually impaired. If you wish to use any of our translation services, please try to notify us in advance of the service you need.

University of Colorado Hospital provides:

  • Free aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as:
    • Qualified sign language interpreters
    • Written information in alternative formats (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats, and other formats)
  • Free language services to people whose primary language is not English
    • Qualified interpreters
    • Information written in other languages
Medical records

Visit My Health Connection to view your latest medical records online.

You may so request a printed copy of your medical records. UCHealth is required by law to obtain your written permission before releasing any copies. If you desire to receive a copy of your medical records.

Complete the Request for Medical Records form to make your pick-up request.

Parking

Anschutz Medical Campus is a busy place. We want to make sure you have enough time to comfortably park and arrive on time. Please plan on arriving 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

>> Parking/wayfinding map for UCH

There are several ways for you to park on our campus. All options are free for patients and their visitors.

The free patient parking garage across from the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion.

Use the free valet parking service. Our valet parking is the most convenient and easiest option. You can use the valet stations at the Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion entrance, Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion entrance and Eye Center entrance.

Self-park in one of our free lots. If you wish to park yourself, you may park in one of the designated patient/visitor lots in the front of the hospital. All patient/visitor parking lots are free. The parking garage across from the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion is also free.

UCHealth provides a free courtesy cart shuttle service to pick you up at your vehicle and transport you to the hospital. If you would like to use this service, please let any parking employee know.

Use RTD. The RTD R-Line runs to the Fitzsimmons Rail Station. From there, you can take a free courtesy shuttle to Anschutz Medical Campus. This shuttle also picks up from the parking lots south of the Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion along East 16th Avenue. The service runs every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Learn more here or download the free Campus Shuttle app on your smartphone.

Need a handicapped spot?

Lot 5 is a handicapped-parking only lot at the very front of Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion. You will also find handicapped parking in the surface lots in front of the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion (Lot 2), Eye Center (Lot 1).

Patient Resource Center

The Patient Resource Center, located near the entrance of the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion, has a wide variety of scientifically based medical information and resources. Our trained volunteers can help you:

  • Locate current and reliable information on diseases, conditions and treatments in books and on the Internet
  • Develop a better partnership with your medical team
  • Make informed choices about your health

The Patient Resource Center is open to patients, loved ones, friends or community members.

Patient rights

Privacy (HIPAA) and your information

At your request we keep information about your hospital stay private and confidential, as required by federal law (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA).

One way we maintain your privacy is to set up a special password at your request. You tell us this password, which you may share with friends and family so they can find out how you’re doing. When callers give us your password, we can update them on your progress. If callers don’t know the password, we cannot tell them anything about your condition.

We’ll write your password on a note card for you to keep.

Advance directives and living wills

We can help you complete a Living Will or other advance directive at your pre-admission appointment. These legal documents spell out the care you want — or don’t want — in case you cannot make your own decisions and communicate them to us.

Learn more about advance directives and living wills

Preparing for your stay

What to expect when you arrive

At University of Colorado Hospital, patients and families are our partners in health.

While you are at the hospital, “speak up” and let us know:

  • What you think
  • If you are worried about anything
  • What you may need

Our hospital is designed with you and your family in mind. While your hospital stay may not be easy for you, we intend to offer the very best care, emotional support and education throughout your time with us.

What to bring

  • A list of your current medications
  • A few personal belongings
  • Clothes to wear when you go home from the hospital

What not to bring

  • Items of great value to you

Your room at University of Colorado Hospital

  • Designed for your privacy
  • Bedside controls for lighting, television and calling a nurse
  • Wireless internet access from your personal device

Going home

We want you to be fully prepared for going home. We will let you know an approximate date for discharge when you are admitted. If we don’t share that with you, please ask us.

Security

University of Colorado Hospital takes great measures to make sure the Anschutz Medical Campus is safe.

  • A security patrol monitors the parking lots and buildings 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Parking lots are well lit.
  • Escorts are available to walk you to your car.
  • Our Birth Center has a special security system.

Security in parking areas

  • Each parking lot has ample lighting to ensure optimum visibility when walking to and from your car.
  • Emergency “Blue” phones are located throughout parking lots and garages, as well as along all pedestrian walkways (pictured).
  • Security also provides a variety of support activities for staff, patients and visitors including:
    • Escorts to and from personal vehicles
    • Recharging dead vehicle batteries
    • Assistance in contacting services related to keys locked in the car, flat tires and disabled automobiles
  • Security staff patrols all parking lots, garages and pedestrian walkways on a scheduled routine basis.
  • All parking lots are monitored 24/7 by security camera systems.

The security staff

  • On-site security is present at the Anschutz Medical Campus 24/7.
  • A minimum of two security personnel staff the Emergency Department at all times.
  • Security personnel stay in constant contact with the call center and have a direct connection to campus police and area law enforcement.
  • The 24-hour call center keeps a constant watch on exterior and interior activities.
  • Security officers also staff the main patient visitor entrances throughout the day.

Security services

For an escort to your vehicle

Our security staff will escort employees and visitors to their vehicle after dark.

To request an escort, please call extension 8-7777.

Emergencies

In case of an emergency, dial 911. This will connect you to the Hospital Shared Services Emergency dispatchers

Send a letter or package to a patient at UCH

Mailing address:
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Patient: (patient name), Room # (if available)
c/o University of Colorado Hospital
Aurora, CO 80045

Service animals

Service animals are allowed at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. Only dogs and miniature horses as defined in the UCHealth Service Animals policy are considered service animals. No other species is allowed on the premises of UCHealth and affiliated offsite locations.

Smoke & tobacco free campus

Smoking and tobacco products of any kind are not permitted anywhere inside or on the grounds of University of Colorado Hospital and Anschutz Medical Campus.

Smoking products include any cigar, cigarette, pipes, or any smoking device or substance which is lighted and inhaled. This includes E-cigarettes.

Tobacco products include cigars, cigarettes, pipes, chewing tobacco, or snuff.

Spiritual care

Spiritual care services are available to support you, your family and those close to you as you find and use strength within your personal system of faith, culture and belief.

We are here to support you spiritually and emotionally with a listening and accepting presence. A chaplain is available 24 hours a day, every day.

Spiritual care services offered

  • Prayer
  • Sacraments
  • Other religious rituals as you request
  • Contact a member of your faith group as you request

To request a visit from one of our chaplains, please ask your nurse or doctor or call 720-848.4063.

Worship, prayer and meditation

Chapel

The Chapel, located on the first floor of the Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion between the main entrance and guest elevators, is open and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no lock on the chapel door.

This chapel is open to:

  • University of Colorado Hospital patients, their families and visitors
  • University of Colorado Hospital staff
  • Hospital affiliate staff members

Chapel space is not open to the general public.

Non-denominational chapel service

Wednesday mornings at 11 a.m.

Please contact Dustin Frye at 720-848-3036 or dustin.frye@uchealth.org for more information.

Requests to use the chapel

Patients and members of the Anschutz Medical Campus community may request to schedule the chapel for religious services such as:

  • Weddings
  • Memorials
  • Baptisms or religious rituals
  • Holy Day celebrations significant within their own faith group

For more information, contact Dustin Frye at 720-848-3036 or dustin.frye@uchealth.org.

Please note that the University of Colorado Hospital chapel is not open for use by the general public or groups not associated with the hospital or its affiliates.

Learn about the UCH Ethics Committee

Transportation and lodging

RTD bus and Light Rail

Several Regional Transportation District (RTD) bus lines stop near or on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Visit the RTD Website for more information.

RTD phone
303-299-6000
800-366-RIDE

Taxi information

Airport information

Airport Transportation

More about Shuttle services

Lodging

The University of Colorado Hospital has many lodging options nearby to choose from. Some hotels offer a reduced patient/visitor rate, please check with the property before you book your reservation.


University of Colorado Hospital does not endorse any of the transportation or lodging organizations listed above. Discount information is subject to change.

Visitors

Visit guidelines for families and friends

Visiting hours

We do not have set visiting hours. Family and friends are welcome to visit at any time, as long as the patient is OK with it. We do ask that only one person spends the night in the room.

Visiting after hours

Visitors entering the hospital between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. will need to enter through the Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion front lobby and show ID.

The Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion lobby is open until 10:00 p.m., visitors and patients after 8:00 p.m. will be required to show ID.

Visitors may need special permission to visit certain units and procedural areas of the hospital. Please check with the patient and his/her medical team for more information.

Please note there will be times when people visiting will be asked to leave the patient’s room for safety reasons.

Visiting when you’re sick

If you are sick, it probably is not a good time to be visiting anyone in the hospital. However, we know that under certain circumstances you may need to be here. In that case, consult with the nurses on the unit for specific instructions.

When to bring children

Children coming to visit in the hospital must be supervised at all times. We want them to be safe while they are here. Please check in with the charge nurse on the unit if you intend to have children visit.

WiFi

Internet access

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital offers free internet access. Our network is UCH-Visitor.

Remote care

Emergency Virtual Health

Emergency Virtual Health visits enable specialists to consult with local emergency room physicians via video conferencing to help with specific patient emergencies such as stroke or trauma.

UCHealth has a robust Telestroke program to help hospital ED physicians across the state of Colorado and southern Wyoming treat stroke patients in record time, saving every precious brain cell possible. Virtual Health allows neurology specialists to provide expert guidance to community hospital providers. These providers can now keep, and treat, many stroke patients they may not have been able to before.

If a patient needs more advanced care, we transport that patient to one of the country’s best comprehensive stroke centers.

Virtual visits

Visit with a physician by video using your computer, tablet or smartphone in the convenience of your home, office or location that is convenient for you. No drive time, no waiting room, no need to get out of your pajamas (if you don’t want to).

You’ll be seen and treated by a UCHealth medical professional just as if you were to visit seen face-to-face in one of our many health care facilities.

Virtual Visits are scheduled in My Health Connection, UCHealth’s patient portal. Log in or Sign up now to schedule a Virtual Visit.

For the best experience, download the UCHealth app today.

   

Types of illnesses treated in a Virtual Visit:

  • Allergic reaction.
  • Cold/flu.
  • Cough.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Cuts and scrapes.
  • Pink eye.
  • Rash.
  • Sinus infection.
  • Sore throat.
  • Urinary tract infection.
  • Vomiting.

Insurance

Your virtual visit may be covered by insurance. However, if your health plan denies this charge you will receive a bill for this service.

Many health plans are adding virtual visits (telehealth) as a covered benefit.  However, there are some healthcare plans that do not cover Virtual Visits such as Medicare.

For most insurance plans, we will attempt to bill your insurance- you may be responsible for your co-payment amount prior to seeing the doctor.  However, if your health plan denies this charge you will receive a bill for this service.  Also, please note that to bill medical insurance, a successful video connection must occur between the patient and the doctor.

Referrals

Please view information about referring a patient to a UCHealth location.

Ways to give

University of Colorado Hospital Foundation

Your support helps us enhance and save lives

Extraordinary generosity is what helps us provide extraordinary care. UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital is a not-for-profit organization that depends on donations from individuals, families, corporations and foundations to ensure its continued excellence in patient care, education for health care professionals and research.

Help people live an extraordinary life by donating today: University of Colorado Hospital Foundation

Volunteering

Share your time and talents by volunteering at the University of Colorado Hospital. Make new friends, enjoy a change of pace, gain a new perspective, learn more about health care and, most important, help us improve lives.

>> See our volunteer opportunities

Leadership

Mission, Vision, Values

View leadership at University of Colorado Hospital